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Worthy Life Award: Woodlands Trail
1/16/2017 6:23:00 AM by: Paul Stubblefield

"These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up." - Deuteronomy 6:7-8

The Scriptures recognized that a child’s early years is a vital time to teach them the knowledge of God and His Word; to build a godly foundation on how they will see life for years to come. In recognition of these critical years, we have purposefully integrated the Christian faith throughout the Woodlands Trail Program.

The Woodlands Trail Lesson plans are filled with faith elements so the boys are consistently learning about their Christian faith in each lesson. They have an entire branch (Values) dedicated to matters of Christian faith that they earn. There is also a third way in which the Christian faith is taught:  The Worthy Life Award.

This prestigious award can be earned at each level of the program (Fox, Hawk, and Mountain Lion). It involves completion of certain faith-centered activities, projects and accomplishments. Upon completion of the requirements, each boy is awarded a special pin that it is worn on the left pocket flap of their uniform and an adhesive cross to place on the green ribbon. For each additional level in which they earn the award, they receive an additional cross that attaches to the ribbon.

We highly encourage Troops to have their patrols participate in this award as it will strengthen the boy’s faith.  

But what if a Troop only meets twice a month? How can we incorporate the Worthy Life Award when we have such limited time? We understand the time constraints Troops often have, so the award is designed for patrols to pursue it together, OR for each individual Trailman to pursue it with their father, grandfather, etc. Notice from the verse quoted above, God’s command to Israel is for Father’s to be diligently teaching their sons His commands. This award is a perfect way in which dads can be equipped to disciple and teach their sons to walk in the ways of the Lord. 

So leaders, if you are meeting every week, would you consider dedicating one meeting a month to allow the boys to pursue the Worthy Life Award? If it is not possible, then take some time in your meetings and interactions with parents, and greatly encourage the dads or grandfathers to take this award seriously, and pursue it with their Trailmen. Not only will they be blessed, but you will find your Troop blessed in the long run as these young Foxes, Hawks, and Mountain Lions grow and enter Navigators and Adventurers with a strong, biblical foundation.

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